One of the things that myself, Paul Brennan and Graham Spiers discussed last night was Brendan Rodgers’ comment, made in the fan press conference, about wanting more “power” in the team. All three of us concluded that this was an acknowledgement that we need a little more physicality in certain areas of the pitch, and it was music to my ears.
Paul Brennan offered an interesting piece of information; Celtic is confident that we will retain most of our squad because English clubs don’t see our lightweight players as capable of competing in the rough and tumble of their top flight.
Rodgers, as an EPL boss, understands that, and he also knows that if we’re going to be competitive in Europe we need to add some strength and physicality to the side.
Today we’re closing in on the second of our summer signings, the Australian winger Marco Tillio; he’s 5’7 and so doesn’t fit the profile of the “powerful” player.
What Rodgers is doing right now is working his way through Ange’s target list; that’s understandable. He will not sign anyone he does not want, but nor will he reject good players simply because they don’t tick every box.
He knows if we lose key players they need to be replaced.
But once this man turns his attention towards the type of players he wants, we’re going to see something very different start to develop. I think many of Rodgers signings are going to take the team in that new direction, and toughen us up.
We don’t yet know what this team is going to look like by the time the next campaign starts, but the start has been good and Rodgers’ promise to buy “power” only makes me more convinced that this rebuild is going to be pretty special.
We’re on the brink of signing number two, and both players are highly skilled … but it’s the combination of skill and that power that will make us more credible in Europe. There’s a long way to go this summer … this is just the beginning.
The Graham Spiers podcast can be found at Press Box hosted by Graham Spiers
It is well worth the time and attention of every Scottish football fan, and in terms of our own club he’s done some exceptional interviews, which no fan should miss.